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  Vikings | Mike Zimmer talks Adrian Peterson    Fri May 22, 09:42 AM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains in pursuit of being traded or receiving a new contract and remains away from the organization during voluntary workouts. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN Radio he has a target date in mind of when he thinks Peterson will return to the team, but Zimmer did not give the specific date.

Footballguys view: That target date could be the start of training camp. Yes, Peterson would miss some mandatory workouts if he doesn't show up until then but the two sides are trying to patch things up. The Vikings hold all the cards here, and it's looking more and more like Peterson is going to stay put in Minnesota.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent seeks new deal    Fri May 1, 11:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may be changing course in his pursuit of a trade as his agent, Ben Dogra, said he'd like the team to sign Peterson to an extension. 'One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'' Dogra told USA TODAY Sports. 'That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. 'I actually, as an agent, not only appreciate it - I accept it. But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking. And I haven't had that solution.' Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

Footballguys view: We all knew this was at least part of the plan with the 'no respect' nonsense coming out of Peterson's camp all offseason. The amount of money left on his contract and the amount of years make this request ludicrous though - how much more can you give a 30-year old running back with three years and $46 million left on his contract. Maybe they're trying to force that trade after all. Honestly, Peterson is a RB1 for fantasy regardless of landing spot, so in some ways this is all academic for out purposes. But in the macro, real-world NFL aspect of things, Peterson continues to show a stunning lack of awareness.

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  Vikings | No change to Adrian Peterson's status    Thu Apr 30, 02:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is still expected to remain with the Vikings even though former NFL WR Cris Carter indicated Peterson could be traded in the near future.

Footballguys view: This could all change by the end of the weekend. The Vikings have been driving a hard bargain on price, but the reality is, that first round pick isn't coming. So as the draft goes by, Peterson's price might drop. Peterson would be successful almost where he goes so he's likely to have plenty of fantasy value regardless of his jersey color.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson likely to stay in purple    Tue Apr 28, 08:50 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 80% likely to remain with the Vikings, in the opinion of ESPN insider Chris Mortensen.

Footballguys view: That sounds about right. The Vikings hold all the cards here. They have Peterson under contract for the next three years. If some other team wants him bad enough, they'll have to surrender a Herschel Walker-sized deal to get him away from the Vikings.

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  Falcons | Not pursuing Adrian Peterson    Sat Apr 25, 03:01 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not being pursued by the Atlanta Falcons, according to Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Footballguys view: The Falcons are likely to draft a back this year, and Peterson is going to cost a lot in any trade scenario. Devonta Freeman is an interesting second-year back to monitor this season. He could be the lead runner in the Falcons RBBC.

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  Buccaneers | TB interested in Adrian Peterson?    Thu Apr 23, 06:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be of interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, recently posted a picture on social networking that featured him sitting in a chair--Peterson jersey behind him--wearing a Buccaneers hat. Tampa has the first-overall pick in the draft, but we can't imagine them giving that up--even for a talented back like Adrian Peterson. He's reinstated by the league, but where Peterson plays in 2015 is still a mystery.

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  Cowboys | Dallas not pursuing Adrian Peterson?    Thu Apr 23, 05:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be in the Dallas Cowboys' plans after all, according Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports. Robinson said the Cowboys have not spoken to the Vikings regarding Peterson.

Footballguys view: It looks like the Cowboys are going to add a feature back through the draft. They'll be in the market for guys like Todd Gurley (Georgia) or Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) in the first round of the draft. They added Darren McFadden in free agency earlier this year, but he's not the answer as a lead back.

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  Vikings | MIN wants to keep Adrian Peterson    Wed Apr 22, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not expected to be traded by the Vikings unless the team is overwhelmed by an offer from another team, according to a source. The Vikings are confident that time will help their relationship with Peterson. A source said a recent report that stated the Vikings are looking for a first-round pick and a starting cornerback in a trade for Peterson is not accurate, which may suggest the Vikings would be looking for even more in a trade.

Footballguys view: This matches the mentality of a team that sees Peterson as still an elite RB option that they can get on board without any issues for this season. This could be posturing to extract the largest price for Peterson in a trade, as GM Rick Spielman has taken a gambler's approach to trade negotiations in the past.

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  Jaguars | JAX not interested in Adrian Peterson    Wed Apr 22, 12:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson might have a new home in 2015, but Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said the team hasn't talked to Peterson despite a report the Jags were one of six teams interested in trading for him. 'No, not really,' Bradley said Tuesday, April 21. 'Not between (general manager Dave Caldwell). A while ago, but it was just conversation, not any direction that we would go.'

Footballguys view: The Jaguars still don't see satisfied with their current RB group, so while the chances of Peterson coming to Duval could be disappearing, adding a member of this talented draft RB class is definitely in play.

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  Vikings | Six teams in mix for Adrian Peterson    Tue Apr 21, 01:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Peterson is going to attract a ton of attention if he's actually on the trade block. The Vikings hold all the power here as Peterson is under contract with them for the next three years. We'll see if any of these teams listed (or any surprise team) can pry Peterson away.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not attending workouts    Mon Apr 20, 01:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is not in attendance for the start of the team's offseason workout program Monday, April 20, according to league sources. However, Peterson hasn't attended this stage of the team's offseason before.

Footballguys view: Minnesota wasn't expecting Peterson to show, according to a source. His $250,000 workout bonus is tied to his participation for organized team activities (OTAs) and the mandatory minicamp in June.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has offseason bonuses    Mon Apr 20, 08:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time.

Footballguys view: The Peterson saga continues. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.

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  Raiders | Interest in Adrian Peterson     Sat Apr 18, 03:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.

Footballguys view: That would be an upgrade for the Raiders. Earlier this offseason, they added Trent Richardson to compete with Latavius Murray for the starting job. Even though we like Murray (and had our heart broken by Richardson), Peterson would be an obvious choice as the lead back in Oakland. Throw the Raiders into the mix with the Cardinals and Cowboys as teams that are interested in acquiring the veteran supterstar.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson may not work out    Fri Apr 17, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: If Peterson wants out of Minnesota, then he won't show up to these activities. Now that he's free to play in 2015, the question remains where is he going to be? Regardless of a new team, same team, whatever team, Peterson has the talent and ability to be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues and an RB1 for your fantasy team.

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  Vikings | No more punishment for Adrian Peterson    Thu Apr 16, 02:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Assuming this is true, you can have the green light to draft him in fantasy leagues. Whether he is with the Vikings, Cowboys (Cardinals?) or elsewhere, he will put up another strong year of production. He's a top-10 fantasy option.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to be reinstated    Thu Apr 16, 02:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17.

Footballguys view: Now the question is, where will he play? The Vikings want him back (so they say) but he's still upset about how they treated him. We'll ignore the irony there for a minute, and instead reiterate that he remains a top ten talent for fantasy no matter the team. Now we'll see if the Dallas Cowboys will pony up for his services. Trading for Peterson would likely take a king's ransom.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson unlikely for suspension    Wed Apr 8, 01:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if Peterson was suspended. However, we have no idea where he's going to play at this time. Peterson could just stay with the Vikings, but the relationship has been fractured. He could be on the trade block, but the Vikings would be expecting a king's ransom in return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson meeting with NFL Tuesday    Tue Apr 7, 01:21 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with NFL officials at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: The meeting will detail his compliance with terms from the league and his Texas plea deal. Peterson will be back in the NFL this year...we just don't know who with. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to meet with league    Mon Apr 6, 10:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss his reinstatement for the 2015 season.

Footballguys view: We'll see Peterson back in action this season...we just don't know where yet. Peterson's contract is controlled by the Vikings, and they don't seem content to release him. Some team could trade for Peterson, but it would likely be a hefty price tag to do so. He is eligible to be reinstated April 15.

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  Browns | Adrian Peterson an option for Browns?    Sat Apr 4, 02:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a target for the Cleveland Browns, in the opinion of ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. The Browns have $30.96 million in salary cap space, so they could afford to make a trade for Peterson.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys or the Cardinals seem like more likely destinations for Peterson. However, the Browns have two first-round picks this year thanks to the Bills trading away their pick to get WR Sammy Watkins last year. Trading for Peterson would take a hefty price tag as the Vikings seem intent on keeping him around in 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson discontent in Minnesota?    Wed Mar 25, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back in Minnesota, but the question is if Peterson wants to come back. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't believe Peterson would be a disruption if he did return to the Vikings. 'I want him to want to be [in Minnesota], like I want all of my players to want to be there. I've been in situations before that I thought were not the best situations.'

Footballguys view: Back and forth and back and forth. Peterson wants out according to his agent, but the Vikings are not budging. Zimmer added that he thinks his football relationship with Peterson is a good one in its current state. We'll see something give sometime....stay tuned.

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  Vikings | No plans to trade Adrian Peterson    Wed Mar 25, 10:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is disgruntled and reportedly wants out of Minnesota, but head coach Mike Zimmer said the team has no plans to trade him.

Footballguys view: That's the plan right now, but if Peterson is unhappy the team might be persuaded to change their mind. What else could change their mind is a couple of premium picks. Peterson is still one of the best backs in the game, and there would be more than a few teams interested in adding the superstar back.

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  Vikings | Agent wants Adrian Peterson to move on    Mon Mar 23, 07:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond.

Footballguys view: Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.

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  Vikings | MIN GM expects Adrian Peterson to stay    Mon Mar 23, 05:55 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.'

Footballguys view: Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out of Minny?    Mon Mar 23, 12:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's preference is to play elsewhere than with the Vikings in 2015, according to a league source. He is under contract through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make $12.75 million this year. The Vikings look like they'd be willing to pay him in 2015, and a restructured contract would likely be appealing for Peterson. Minnesota could call Peterson's bluff and force him to decide between playing this year or sitting out a second straight season.

Footballguys view: Here we go again. Every week it seems like there's a news item about Peterson being unhappy with the Vikings. If they're not going to release him (as they've indicated), then the Vikings could put Peterson on the trade block.

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  Vikings | HC changing stance on Adrian Peterson?    Sun Mar 22, 08:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.

Footballguys view: This is a game of cat and mouse going on right now. Peterson is reportedly unhappy with the Vikings, and he could be on the trade block. His future in Minnesota is unclear at this time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's agent rejects meeting    Fri Mar 20, 07:06 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was asked to have a dinner meeting with general manager Rick Spielman at the NFL owners meeting, but his agent rejected the offer.

Footballguys view: Ben Dogra is standing firm here. This might be the sign that Peterson's days in Minnesota are done. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Minnesota wants Adrian Peterson back    Fri Mar 20, 02:32 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.'

Footballguys view: This story is far from over. The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.

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  Cardinals | Arizona willing to trade for Peterson?    Fri Mar 20, 02:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains unhappy with the Vikings. The Arizona Cardinals are reportedly willing to offer a high draft pick in return for Peterson, if he becomes available.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals are in a Super Bowl window, and they want to upgrade their rushing attack. Adding Peterson would swing the power balance in the NFC. We love Andre Ellington, but he's not built to be a featured back. If Arizona adds Peterson they'll be able to run the ball with authority while playing suffocating defense. So long as Carson Palmer stays healthy, Arizona could make a deep playoff run.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't come cheap    Fri Mar 20, 12:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who won't be released by the team, is scheduled to make $12.75 million in 2015, and the feeling is that he won't come cheaply in a trade. The Vikings are believed to be looking for at least a second-round pick and another piece in a potential trade.

Footballguys view: Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, may be trying to facilitate a trade by effectively telling all 31 other teams that the only way to acquire his client is through a trade.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't be released    Wed Mar 18, 11:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.

Footballguys view: He won't be released...that doesn't mean he's staying in Minnesota. We could see the Vikings move Peterson if the price was right. We could also seeing him staying put. Stay tuned, this one is not over yet.

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  Cardinals | ARI saying no to Adrian Peterson?    Tue Mar 17, 02:07 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be going to the Arizona Cardinals. A reliable source close to the team has said the Cardinals wouldn't add Peterson with three years and $45 million left on his contract.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals are looking for upgrades to the running back position, and Peterson would certainly help--but for a huge price. The Cowboys could be the team that's most interested in acquiring Peterson at this time.

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  Vikings | Minnesota willing to pay Adrian Peterson?    Mon Mar 16, 05:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely to remain with the team heading into 2015, as the Vikes appear willing to pay Peterson for the rest of his contract.

Footballguys view: There's not much clarity in the Peterson situation right now. If we were to guess, we believe Peterson stays with the Vikings--but that certainly isn't set in stone.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson meeting with Vikes again    Thu Mar 12, 02:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will meet with the team again after meeting with general manager Rick Spielman and ownership Monday, March 9, according to source with knowledge of the situation. Peterson also met with owners Zygi and Mark Wilf Monday about his concerns about returning in 2015. Peterson was put back on the commissioner's exempt list, which has allowed Minnesota to resume contact with him.

Footballguys view: It's hard to get a grasp on exactly where the two parties stand, but you have to imagine at least part of it is about money. The Vikings owe him $12.75 this season and that's a lot even for Peterson--a superstar in the league. Peterson is probably dealing with hurt feelings, but that money is likely the issue. The problem for Peterson is, he has zero leverage, especially after last year. He's still a very good back but the age and his contract are going to make it tough for anyone to trade for him.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson visit goes well    Thu Mar 5, 12:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's meeting with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman Wednesday, March 4, went well after the parties spent more than four hours at Peterson's home. 'We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content,' Peterson said.

Footballguys view: This is a good sign for the Vikings. Nobody knows where Peterson is going to end up in 2015. There's a chance that he stays with Minnesota if they can patch things up.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to meet with Vikings     Tue Mar 3, 11:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday, March 5, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson talking to Vikes    Mon Mar 2, 12:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who was put back on the commissioner's exempt list last week, has had 'open dialogue' with the team, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman continues to say that the Vikings want Peterson to return in 2015. However, Peterson has been 'uneasy' about returning.

Footballguys view: The future for Peterson is unclear right now. The Vikings can cut Peterson or talk to him about restructuring his contract at any time since he's back on the exempt list.

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  Vikings | Jerome Felton would return    Sat Feb 28, 03:12 AM

Free-agent FB Jerome Felton (Vikings) has not ruled out a reunion with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 if RB Adrian Peterson returns to the club.

Footballguys view: Felton blasted open holes for Peterson during his 2,000-yard season. He's the best fullback on the open market, and Felton should draw interest from teams like the Broncos who need a fullback.

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  Cardinals | Adrian Peterson to land in Arizona?    Fri Feb 27, 02:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade option for the Arizona Cardinals with QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald nearing the end of their careers in the desert. The Cardinals are built to win now, and The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers said he wouldn't be surprised if general manager Steve Keim and head coach Bruce Arians elect to pursue Peterson.

Footballguys view: It would be an interesting fit, but it sounds like a pipe dream at this moment. If Peterson is added to Arizona's roster, it would crush the fantasy value of Andre Ellington. The Cardinals could use Ellington as a feature back again this year. If healthy, he has the ability to put up good numbers--he just needs a good complementary back behind him.

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  Colts | Indy a trade option for Adrian Peterson?    Fri Feb 27, 02:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade target for the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck hasn't had a successful running game behind him so far in Indianapolis. However, Colts running backs not named RB Trent Richardson averaged close to 5.0 yards per carry in the last two seasons.

Footballguys view: The Colts are certainly in a Super Bowl window. Adding Peterson would make a ton of sense. If they can't get Peterson, then adding a free agent veteran like Frank Gore could work.

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  Cowboys | Dallas an option for Adrian Peterson?    Fri Feb 27, 02:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be an option to be traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, which is between Dallas and Houston, and he's acknowledged a desire to finish his career with the Cowboys. 'If a blockbuster deal opens and a team wants to give them something they can't turn down,' Nelson Peterson, Adrian's father, added, 'they're going to have to take a look at it.'

Footballguys view: This move sounds great on paper as Peterson is from Texas. However, the reality is the team might not be able to afford him. They have to decide whether or not to sign DeMarco Murray to a long-term deal.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson on exempt list    Thu Feb 26, 05:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, and Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List. 'Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,' the league said in a statement.

Footballguys view: Um, okay. Basically he's still suspended until further notice. This will go through an appeals process before we get any traction about where Peterson is going to play in 2015.

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  NFL | League to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling    Thu Feb 26, 03:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension being vacated by a judge is expected to be appealed by the NFL.

Footballguys view: Of course it will, but this whole thing seems inevitable. After all, they weren't supposed to retroactively use the new rules they set, and yet it certainly seems like they did. If you didn't dump Peterson previously, you might as well hold onto him as his stock will go up - how high depends on where he plays. If you want Peterson at a cheap rate, this is likely your last chance.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's suspension lifted    Thu Feb 26, 12:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension.

Footballguys view: Now things get interesting. There have been a ton of rumors about Peterson's general unhappiness with how some within the Vikings organization treated him, reports a heated argument between his agent Ben Dogra and Vikes VP Rob Brzezinski which nearly came to blows and rumors (since squashed by his dad) that AP had demanded a trade. The Vikings have made overtures towards bringing him back but you have to wonder if they want to pay him the contract he has (well above what RBs get) and are ready for what could be another PR nightmare if he comes back. If you're a Peterson owner who has not divested themselves of him, you'll have to hold and see where he lands as that will impact his value. If you want to acquire Peterson, this is still the time to do it since his value is in flux, but the low end of his value is coming to a close.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's father denies report    Mon Feb 23, 06:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to the Vikings. Peterson himself said earlier this month that he feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota because he felt there were some people in the organization who wanted him off the field last season. It was also previously reported that Peterson's agent and members of the Vikings' front office had a heated exchange during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.

Footballguys view: We're at the "he said, she said" point with Peterson. He's still suspended and can't ask for reinstatement until after April 15th. We should (might...maybe...please!?!) have a better idea about his situation at that time.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's situation worsens    Mon Feb 23, 02:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, according to sources. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly said that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again.

Footballguys view: Ugh, here we go. This situation looks uglier by the second. At this time, it looks like Peterson's time with the Vikings is done. We'll see if the Vikings trade him away in the near future. He's still suspended indefinitely, and Peterson can't be reinstated before April 15th.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has not asked for trade    Sun Feb 22, 11:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and has not had any conversations with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Footballguys view: Peterson has not asked for a trade, but his future with the Vikings is up in the air right now. We'll have to wait and see how things shake out between the two sides in the near future.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants out    Fri Feb 20, 08:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't softened his stance, despite general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer reaching out to him. Peterson wants a fresh start somewhere else. Peterson said lack of trust is a major issue in his uneasiness to return.

Footballguys view: Okay, here we go! The team has no intentions of cutting him, so a trade would be the only option. Peterson is going to have interesting trade value because of the off-field problems he had last year. Any team that gets him is going to get an instant boost to the ground game. Stay tuned.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected back by Vikes    Wed Feb 18, 12:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson continues to have the support of the team, and general manager Rick Spielman said, 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team' next season. President Mark Wilf said earlier this week that the team would welcome Peterson back with open arms.

Footballguys view: Peterson can't be reinstated until April 15, but the NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court to expedite his return. It's unknown if Minnesota would keep Peterson on his current contract with a base salary of $12.75 million for 2015.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson supported by team    Thu Feb 12, 04:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would be welcomed back to the team, according to chief operating officer Kevin Warren. 'It'd be good for us [to have Peterson back], it'd be good for all the Vikings fans, it'd be good for the NFL,' Warren said.

Footballguys view: At this time, signs are pointing to Peterson returning to the Vikings in 2015. He must first comply with the NFL before he can be reinstated by Commissioner Goodell. Peterson is undergoing counseling in order to fulfill the conditions for reinstatement by the NFL.

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